May 18, 2021 Early Arms & Militaria
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For another identical example, see number 118 on pages 246-247 in "Historic Pistols" by Samuel E. Smith and Edwin W. Bitter. This Second Model has two variations that only pistols of this date have. They have a thicker and straighter grip, but the most noticeable difference is the lock markings. "RICHMOND" is stamped in block letters in a horizontal curve in the center of the lockplate and the date 1815 is stamped vertically at the tail. This pistol has standard Second Model brass furniture, patterned after the 1805 Harpers Ferry pistol. Pommel cap is stamped "L/510". Plain walnut half-stock. Virginia Manufactory issued only one pistol to each trooper, unlike the pairs issued with Harpers Ferry pistols. Armory records show only 366 pistols were made in 1815, making this variation as rare as the wooden ramrod variation. CONDITION: Barrel has been cleaned and shows light freckling and scattered marks. Lock retains a grey patina with good markings. Lock has been professionally reconverted to flint, one lock retaining screw is a replacement. Brass furniture retains a mustard patina and shows some scattered marks from use. Stock shows wear overall and scattered marks. One piece is replaced in front of lockplate. Ramrod is a possible replacement. A very good and scarce variation. DMG
Barrel Length
.62 Smoothbore
FFL Status
Virginia Manufactory
Second Model
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1,300.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,360.00
Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.
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